Asus decided that a day or so was sufficient time for a tease, and so the company’s CEO, Jonney Shih, has revealed the next Transformer for the first time today during the AsiaD conference.
The tablet you see above will obviously retain its predecessor’s ‘transforming’ abilities, meaning that it will be able to turn itself into a netbook-type device if you plug it into its keyboard dock. The tablet will be called Transformer Prime, not Transformer 2, which is a good decision if you ask us.
The Asus Transformer Prime will have a quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 processor, though by now that’s hardly a surprise. We’ve heard rumors about this being the case since this summer. Anyway, it’s good to see it finally confirmed. You should also remember that this may be the only tablet on the market this year to sport the Tegra 3.
The Transformer Prime will have a 10.1-inch touchscreen just like the first Transformer, as well as a mini-HDMI connector, an SD card slot, and a full USB port. It will be just 8.3 mm thin, and will reportedly have 14.5-hour battery life.
The new Asus tablet will run Android, but it’s unclear which version it will ship with. Anyway, even if it does launch with Honeycomb on board, it will get updated to Ice Cream Sandwich. As will the original Transformer. In fact, Mr. Shih said that ICS updates may begin well before the end of the year.
The Asus Transformer Prime will be officially announced on November 9 (two days later than we expected), which is when we’ll get all the details about it. Still, we know the most important bits already, and this sure looks like a very nice contender in the tablet space.
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